Forbidden Science 2: California Hermetica, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1970-1979 Paperback – May 15 2017
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- Publisher : Anomalist Books (May 15 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 548 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1938398777
- ISBN-13 : 978-1938398773
- Item weight : 726 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.82 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #378,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Vallee's Journals comprise a fascinating intellectual odyssey that will be enjoyed by anyone interested in open inquiry tempered by rational thought." -- Library Journal
"Jacques Vallee has collected impressive evidence to support proposals that UFOs represent a mystery of greater scope and depth than many of us imagine." -- Chicago Sun-Times
About the Author
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When it comes to strange science, fringe science, and the topic of UFOs and anomalous events (aka "anomalies"), I have always held Vallee in very high esteem, because he thinks very clearly and he is very grounded, and also because his primary hypothesis regarding the origins of UFO and anomalous events phenomena is pretty much the same as mine, namely, that they fall into the paranormal and interdimensional/multi-worlds realms, and that the UFOs, Men In Black and other anomalies are essentially what the Tibetan Buddhists have, for thousands of years, called tulpas (sometimes referenced as tulkus), that is, temporary manifestations in our world of things from an alternate dimensional world or from the astral plane; this is sometimes referenced as a temporary appearance of interdimensional beings/things due to some degree of paranormal intervention (often on the part of persons who are present at the event, and who have, perhaps unknown to themselves, a certain degree of paranormal psi abilities).
I wish to extend my sincere heartfelt thanks to the author for having taken the time and energy to compile and edit this book, and to publish it. I appreciate it very much, and it was a very fun read! He is also a good writer, and a good social commentator.
For those who may not be familiar with this series, this book is the second volume in Vallee's series of books on his experiences in the realms of strange science, fringe science, alchemy/ormus, alternative health, metaphysics, paranormal research, and UFO & anomalies research, and the series covers his memories of his experiences in these fields between 1957 and the end of 1980. Volume 1 of the series deals with his experiences and memories in these realms from 1957 through the end of 1969, and Volume 3 deals with his recollections of his experiences during the period 1980-1989.
Another large reason why I personally found the book to be of particular interest is because I had some interactions between 1978 and 1989 with at least three of the persons whom Vallee mentions repeatedly in his recollections in this series (i.e., volumes one, two and three). One of those persons was UFO / anomalies / paranormal topics author John Keel, and the other was the then-famed and at-times-infamous Dr. Andrija Puharich, the MD/psychiatrist turned strange science/paranormal researcher who had semi-stalked me -- as I have recounted in a tale recounted on one of my websites -- for a while in the early and mid-1980s under the mistaken belief (given to him largely by his favorite channelled entities (including the Council of Nine) that I was in possession of numerous long-lost "secret" Nikola Tesla documents and Tesla technical secrets regarding "free energy"; Puharich even claimed for a time that I was a reincarnation of Tesla, which is assuredly not true. (Interestingly, on the topic of reincarnations of Nikola Tesla, a few authors, podcasts, and websites have claimed that my friend and colleague, G. Patrick Flanagan, the inventor / researcher / scientist who wrote the "Pyramid Power" books in the 1970s, is a reincarnation of Tesla, and I find that newer variant of the claim to be far more reasonable and believable than the similar claim that Puharich had made about me back in the 1980s...!)
Overall, this is a great book! I recommend it highly! If you have any interests at all in the paranormal, history of paranormal research, UFOs and anomalies and/or the history of the UFO movement, the wild and wooly realms of fringe science and strange science, or metaphysics, or the early days of Silicon Valley and of ARPA and ARPANet, then you, too, will be EXTREMELY happy once you have gotten your filthy grubby little eager hands on a copy of this book!
In closing, here are a few final, if at times cryptic, notes:
It is in this volume that Vallee recounts the fact that a few journalists in those days began to claim that he (i.e., Vallee) was actually the Comte de Saint Germain (aka Count Saint Germain).
One gem of many to be found in this book is the fact that Vallee shares some details of his meetings with the mysterious esoteric philosopher / mathematician Charles Muses.
Ever since I first started reading volume 3 of this series, and then this volume, the Men In Black seem to have taken a bizarre and strong interest in everything that I do. In the last three days, the Women In Black seem to have joined them in these odd activities.
If you start to read this volume, I can promise that you will end up watching the early 1970s French spy/drama/comedy film entitled The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe.
Finally, all that I can really say to you is: “Watchman, some day you’ll see the universe.”
As far as the paranormal goes, the unending conflict between investigators, scientists, government officials, spies, and the media remains mostly unchanged, and Vallee can at times come across a bit arrogant in his constant critique of the research aims and methods by his peers, but this sense is, I find, more due to the frustrating limitations the community either imposes on themselves or is imposed upon by either the government or the phenomena itself, and additionally in his stated purpose to avoid much documentation of his hard research in his journals, limiting himself to more general reflections. The decision essentially demands Vallee's journals be supplemented by his other work (which anyone who has gone along for the ride this far will likely have no qualms about). To consider each decade as almost a "season" of a television show, it's exciting to watch as Vallee's theories grow and change, and his focus unfolds into the flimsy world of New Age esotericism and the occult alongside the budding and mysterious surge of animal mutilations that swept the world in the latter half of the decade.
The experience of reading, itself, much like the first volume, is once again surreal, with the fabric of the times shifting between a blend of compelling insight into a time that birthed our present technological age and an echo of our own: Vallee, being on the frontier of the internet, spends much of the book traveling the world, keeping in touch with family and colleagues over email and instant messenger. One part juxtaposed and one part overlaid with our own times, it feels very real despite being so locked into "the future" in 2018. Perhaps all that's missing is a cellphone. No less, the backdrop of the collapse of the hippie movement and the Vietnam war (again, while less emphasized than the tumultuous politics of France in Vol 1) continues to remind the reader that history is indeed a cycle. If we don't see ourselves in the faces of the background characters in this volume, it's only because we've just grown out of the same place or are about to find ourselves within it again, probably having learned little.